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Rollercoaster design - for iPod/iPhone

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Why is a rollercoaster so exciting and terrifying, yet safe? Modern rollercoasters such as ‘Nemesis’ are engineered very precisely to create an exciting experience for thrill-seekers. This short album visits Alton Towers theme park in England, and explores the part that mathematicians play in rollercoaster design, using mathematical models to calculate the ride's accelerations and forces to obtain the desired experience. This material forms part of The Open University course MST121 Using mathematics.

Customer Reviews

Roller Coaster Design

The videos were enjoyable views of a roller coaster in action as well as scenes on the roller coaster so that the viewer sees what the rider sees. However, the promised explanation of the mathematics (and physics) involved in the design and operation of the coaster was unfortunately missing


This is what I want to be when I grow up...... So much to learn..... Is the school who made this a college or a school?... Can't wait